The Information Literacy Modules were developed as an initiative of the university's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Project goals were to “provide the direct means to support learning through instructional methods, information and technology support, and personal interaction,” including online learning modules (What if?, 2006, p. 40).
The libraries' Information Literacy & Outreach department working in collaboration with the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) partnered as a development team to design and create each of the information literacy modules. Modules are aligned with the ACRL Information Literacy Standards, and each module was designed to include a combination of text, graphics, videos, and interactive media. Modules are also designed to include a practice and assessment sections that use "true/false questions, multiple choice questions and/or interactive simulations. Designed as supplemental learning resources, modules can be used in both face-to-face and web courses throughout the curriculum.
The modules are delivered in Obojobo, which is an authenticated system and a login is required. To request guest access, please contact Christina Wray at email@example.com. Additional information about the modules is available on the Infolit website http://infolit.ucf.edu
Usage statistics for the modules had been compiled from the start. However, when a new reporting system in Obojobo was unveiled in May 2011, missing data from the previous years was discovered and restored. As a result, the new, accurate statistics show a substantial increase in the use of the information literacy modules over previously reported data.
June 2008 to July 30, 2009
July 30, 2009 to June 30, 2010
July 30, 2010 to June 30, 2011
July 30, 2011 to June 30, 2012
July 30, 2012 to June 30, 2013
July 30, 2013 to June 30, 2014
July 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015
July 30, 2015 to June 30, 2016
July 30, 2016 to June 30, 2017
July 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Information taken from the 2016-2017 Annual Report, p. 74 and 2012-2013 Annual Report, p. 50.
ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards would be the basis of UCF's Information Literacy Modules. These standards were developed to help institutions of higher education to determine what skills students need to know, teach faculty and librarians how to assess outcomes, and serve as guidelines to measure learning when developing local information literacy programs. Beginning in July, 2006, a team of librarians and staff from CDWS began creating a curriculum that outlined specific outcomes for each standard.
Modules are developed in four steps:
1. A Content Outline is developed by the Information Literacy Librarian, laying out the module's objective and performance skills
2. Brainstorming sessions with both the Information Literacy and Outreach (ILO) department and CDWS determine what student will know, what text and media are needed, and how to best evaluate students
3. Development of the module begins, again in partnership with ILO and CDWS, including the Assessment, Content, and Practice components
4. Usability testing of the new module is held. Both students and faculty are invited to participate in the usability testing.
Once these steps happen, the new module can be rolled out in Obojobo.